SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards

Day 2 of SEMA 2017 was busier than ever. The show itself just keeps growing, as do the crowds. Without official numbers from SEMA, it’s hard to say for certain that it’s bigger, but the crowded aisles everywhere from the Racing and Performance area, to all the way FAAAAAR outside in the off-road pavilion suggest that the industry still has something for everyone.

The big OEMs made their announcements Tuesday, so Wednesday was a day to really dig in and not just see new parts and products, but enjoy the builds that were unveiled here. That’s certainly what Goodguys does when it chooses the SEMA Gold Award winners. This award is a celebration of the latest trends in hot rodding, as well as excellence in craft and design for vehicles that would fall under the GG purview. And they certainly picked some amazing rides. Congratulations to the winners!

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards
Mark and Dennis Mariani – Model A Sedan – Rad Rides by Troy – Image courtesy Goodguys

 

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards
Debbie Walls – ’40 Ford Convertible – Goolsby Customs – Image courtesy Goodguys

 

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards
Vic Buraglio – ’69 Dodge Charger – BBT Fabrications – Image courtesy Goodguys

 

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards
Tad Leach – ’58 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible – Kindig-It Design – Image courtesy Goodguys

 

SEMA 2017 Day 2: Battle of the Builders and Gold Awards
Prestone – ’72 AMC Javelin AMX – Ringbrothers – Image courtesy Goodguys

In addition, the Battle of the Builders contest gets narrowed down to 12 finalists who will ultimately judge each other’s work on Friday night to name an Ultimate Builder for 2017. Congrats to the finalists!

  • Phil & Jeremy Gerber – 1969 Chevy Camaro
  • Larry Griffey – 1954 Chevy Corvette
  • Alan Johnson – 1932 Ford Tudor
  • Troy Ladd – 1936 Red Packard Roadster
  • Andy Leach – 1930 Ford Model A Coupe
  • Mike Markin – 1938 Graham 97
  • Jeremy Miranda – 1969 Chevy Camaro
  • Peter Nam – 1995 Porsche  911 Carrera
  • Cris Payne – 1995 Ford Bronco
  • Eddie Pettus – 1963 Chevy Corvette
  • Scott Roth – 1966 Chevy Corvette
  • Troy Trepanier – 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
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